Linden Lab’s VR world Sansar reminds me of OASIS from Ready Player One

The VR world being created by Linden Lab, Sansar, reminds me of OASIS from dystopian novel Ready Player One.

Without any spoilers – because the book should be on your reading list – Ready Player One features a VR world called ‘OASIS’ where people live, work, and learn, to escape from overpopulated cities devastated by the depletion of fossil fuels, global warming, and economic stagnation. Based in 2044, it offers an increasingly feasible look at where the world is heading without...

By Ryan Daws, 08 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Platforms.

Editorial: Increasing the appetite for VR with the right content

VR was everywhere at this year’s MWC, but the industry still has some work to do when it comes to increasing consumer appetite.

According to IBB Consumer Research, just 16 percent of surveyed consumers are interested in VR and 13 percent do not know what it even is. Of those who are interested in VR and own equipment, 44 percent received their headset as a gift or part of a bundle, 30 percent spent up to $99, 20 percent between $99 and $500, and just 6 percent spent more than $1000.

Reaching mass...

By Ryan Daws, 03 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Gaming, Hardware.

HTC plans to enter the mobile VR arena

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With its handset business continuing to falter, HTC is banking on making a success of mobile VR to improve the company’s outlook.

HTC is best known for its smartphones, but their recent flagships have failed to stand out amid tough competition from the likes of Apple, Samsung, and LG. Last year, HTC’s profits dropped almost 80 percent ahead of their next flagship release.

Where HTC has managed to carve itself a place is within the emerging VR market...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

Microsoft indicates "thousands" of HoloLens units have been sold

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Microsoft launched the developer version of HoloLens last year for a cool $3000, but until now the company has not indicated how many units have been sold. Roger Walkden, Microsoft's Commercial Lead for HoloLens, has now given us some idea after saying “thousands” have been shipped.

Bearing in mind HoloLens is still expensive and designed for developers at this stage, even a thousand units would be impressive. Microsoft is happy with the number...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.

Gamers will drive VR hardware adoption to over $50bn by 2021

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Research from Juniper has provided insight on the expected revenues which VR hardware is expected to generate within the next five years.

While there's a question over the power of current games consoles to deliver high-caliber gaming experiences, the pre-orders for the first PlayStation VR (PSVR) sold out within minutes. Whether this indicates significant interest or lack of...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming, Hardware, Research.

HoloLens is giving this elevator company a lift

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Hot on the heels of a story we posted earlier today which reveals Apple CEO Tim Cook believes AR will be bigger than VR, Microsoft has announced that its own AR device, HoloLens, is now being used by elevator company ThyssenKrupp.

The AR headsets will be put to work by 24,000 elevator technicians around the globe and the firm says it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Enterprise.

VRidge enables Oculus VR games on Cardboard

A new app has been launched that will adapt the Oculus Rift output for use with a Google Cardboard headset.

The new software, VRidge, enables smaller and cheaper virtual reality (VR) headsets such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard to be modified to run games like higher-end machines like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Developed by Riftcat, VRidge adapts the head-tracking input and stereoscopic output of the Oculus Rift to an Android smartphone app. Once set up, it can...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, Devices, Gaming.

With HoloLens, Microsoft will reinvigorate the smart glasses market

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A new study by market research specialists Juniper Research points towards over 12 million consumer smart glasses shipping in 2020, with the market reinvigorated from 2017 by Microsoft's impressive HoloLens wearable. 

HoloLens uses Augmented Reality (AR) to manipulate the world around the wearer. In demonstrations, we've seen the HoloLens being used for lifestyle reasons, productivity,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Microsoft.